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Accelerate Deductions and Reduce Tax Liability with Tangible Property Regulations and R&D Tax Credits

It is a little-known fact to most accountants that businesses leave money on the table by 1) paying taxes before they have to, and 2) by not identifying deductions in a timely manner that may be accelerated. At AAFCPAs, we regularly identify opportunities for clients that may yield new avenues for them to qualify for deductions or tax credits where they previously did not. Accelerate Deductions with Tangible Property Regulations The... continue reading

FBAR Filing Now Due April 15, Automatic Relief Available

AAFCPAs would like to remind all taxpayers with an annual FBAR filing requirement to be sure to report their foreign assets by the quickly approaching April 18 filing deadline.  We would also like to share that automatic relief is available.  The IRS and US Treasury recently announced that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will now grant filers missing the April 18 deadline an automatic extension until Oct. 16, 2017 to... continue reading

83(b) Election May Be Beneficial for Stock Subject to Vesting

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware of the 83(b) election, a beneficial tax treatment that may provide significant tax savings.  An 83(b) election may work favorably for you if you have been given restricted property, such as equity.  Under IRS code section 83(b), you are able to convert what would normally be ordinary income for this equity earned for services into capital gain income. Often times a taxpayer may... continue reading

Payroll Tax Credit Available To Start-ups  

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware of the significant benefits available to small businesses as a result of provisions enacted in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (“PATH Act”).  The Research Credit may now be applied to offset payroll taxes for start-up businesses. Who do these new provisions of the PATH Act apply to? Historically, innovative small companies were unable to claim the Research Credit if they... continue reading

Massachusetts DOR Announces Late-File Penalty Relief for Corporate Taxpayers

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that the Massachusetts Department of Revenue announced relief for corporate taxpayers affected by the change in federal tax return due dates. The IRS changed the due date for filing calendar year C corporation returns from March 15 to April 15, effective for 2016 tax filings. The Massachusetts legislature did not pass a law conforming to the Federal change. As a result the due... continue reading

Unique Tax Breaks for Breweries

Is your business familiar with the unique tax breaks available in the brewery industry?  AAFCPAs has provided for your convenience the below tax insights that could have a major impact on reducing your tax burden: Section 179 Depreciation Breweries are capital intensive businesses, and equipment investments can be significant. Section 179 allows breweries to deduct the property placed in service in the year of acquisition as opposed to depreciating it... continue reading

States Not Adopting Federal Due Date Change for C Corporations

Please be aware, the IRS changed the due date for filing calendar year C corporation returns from 3/15 to 4/15 (or the 15th day of the fourth month following the close of the corporation’s fiscal year).  Although most states have adjusted their statutes or administrative rulings to accommodate the Federal change, there are three states (Massachusetts, Delaware, and Wisconsin) whose due dates now fall before the new Federal due date.... continue reading

IRS Form 1099-MISC and related IRS Form 1096 Due January 31st

As a reminder, the IRS has changed the filing due date for IRS Form 1099-MISC and related IRS Form 1096 from February 28 to January 31 if they are being filed to report non-employee compensation as reported in Box 7 of the 1099-MISC. This January 31, 2017 due date coincides with the date the 1099s are to be distributed to recipients. 1099s that do not report non-employee compensation in Box... continue reading

AAFCPAs’ Guidance in the Home Stretch for 2016 Year-End Tax Planning

Throughout the year, AAFCPAs shares insights designed to help individuals and businesses manage their tax liabilities in light of each person or company’s unique circumstances–and to encourage clients to consider tax planning as a year-round, ongoing discipline. Personal and business circumstances are always evolving, presenting opportunities to balance or adjust short-term activities that support a long-term strategy.  We have provided for your convenience links below to a number of AAFCPAs’... continue reading

New President, Congress May Mean Changes to the Federal Gift and Estate Tax

With a new President and Congress, AAFCPAs anticipates there will likely be major changes to our tax code in a year or two.  Among those are possible changes to the federal gift and estate tax.  Currently there is a 40% federal tax on everything we own at the time of our death, and on gifts made during our lifetime.  There is also currently a combined federal estate and gift tax... continue reading